Now that you have converted your home plumbing to city plumbing or an above-ground septic system, you may be trying to figure out what you should do with your old cesspool. Since cesspools can be especially dangerous to have around children and small pets, you could have it removed. You could also have it drained and filled in with dirt. Here is a comparative look at these cesspool sewer services and why you might choose one service over the other.
Removing the Cesspool
This is the more expensive of your two options because it is more labor-intensive. The cesspool has to be completely drained, then demolished/deconstructed and then removed from the ground. Safety precautions have to be put in place to make sure no waste leaks into the groundwater during this process. Sometimes, this means that your septic service provider may drain the cesspool and then thoroughly scrub clean the interior walls of the cesspool before removing it so that no waste contaminants may escape to the soil surrounding the area. After the cesspool has been removed completely, the drainage pipes are blocked off entirely, and the hole left in the ground is filled in with fresh dirt.
Pumping out the Cesspool and Filling It in with Dirt
Your cheaper option (and the one that many homeowners choose) is to pump out the cesspool and fill it in with dirt. Filling the cesspool in with dirt is also simpler and easier than trying to remove it and then filling the hole in with dirt. Since you already know that your cesspool will need to be cleared out at the time you converted to a different waste management system, you already know the cost of pumping it out. The remaining costs include the going rate for a half or quarter ton of soil and the labor that your septic service contractor will charge you. Once the opening to the cesspool is also completely covered by a layer of soil, there is no remaining danger to children or pets and you may even have fresher air to breathe when you step outside your door.
Why You Would Choose One Option over the Other
Price is the biggest deciding factor between these two services. As much as you may want to remove the cesspool completely, if you cannot afford the expense you will probably choose the fill-in and cover option instead. Time and yard destruction are also contributing factors, since it will take longer to remove the cesspool rather than pump it, fill it with dirt and bury it, and your yard is less damaged by excavators, backhoes and dump trucks when you fill in the cesspool.
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